Study Scripture:  John 17John 18

Introduction:

Yesterday we talked about abiding in Him, and we also talked about the Holy Spirit.  We talked about how that adds to the importance of the Resurrection, and that if there wasn’t a Resurrection the Holy Spirit never would’ve come.  So, I think we’re past the point of having to continue to dwell upon whether there’s more to Easter than the commercialization of it…because there is.  In fact, Easter really isn’t Easter without the Resurrection of Christ from the dead.

Today’s Message:

If you ever have opportunity, and I don’t know why you wouldn’t unless your just lazy and don’t read your Bibles on your own…I would recommend taking some time to digest John Chapter 17.  This is Jesus’ prayer for us.  In case you don’t understand what I just said.  This is God’s prayer over us!  I sure hope we don’t have to debate that Jesus was fully God, and fully man.  So, when you read John 17, and you understand that this is Jesus praying for His followers (which includes you and I)…this is GOD praying over and for and about us.  The next time you read John 17, think about the very fact that this is Jesus praying because ever last bit of it is written in the red letters that let’s us all know Jesus is speaking.  Jesus, the Son of God is praying for us, and when you understand that Jesus is God…you realize that this is God’s prayer for us.  This is Jesus’ last will and testament for us.  This is how Jesus prayed…for us.  This is JESUS praying…for US.

Then, in John 18, Jesus is apprehended, and this is what the devil thought was the beginning of the end for Jesus.  Fortunately for us, it was the beginning of the end for the devil, and it was just the beginning of something that would rescue all of humanity…well all of the mankind that would accept what Jesus was about to do.  You know the real tragedy is that as we begin to understand what Jesus went through there are still millions of people who will reject Him all the way to the end.

WEDNESDAY

Jesus had a last request. He knew what was facing Him in the next day, but His last prayer was not for Himself, but for you. For all of us. Jesus prayed for His followers. Jesus’ prayer is a wonderful window into God’s will for us. Be an answer to Jesus’ prayer this week. Go through His prayer line-by-line to see how. This weekend, as the global Church unites to celebrate His resurrection, let’s look for ways to be one with God and one with each other. Make Jesus’ prayer your prayer, that the world will see His glory and come to know Him through our unity and God’s love. – Commentary from YouVersion

 

I think that there’s a really good challenge in the commentary here.  I wrote my commentary before I read this one, and it bears repeating that you don’t just breeze through John Chapter 17.  Take some time to really read it, digest it, line-by-line, and meditate upon the fact that God is praying for you.  When you read the Bible sometimes you have to make it personal, and insert your name into it.  When you make it personal, and you realize that God is praying this for you…it does something in your heart.  So, I would like to urge you to really take some time to read the prayer here line-by-line, and don’t rush through it.  Take your time, and really read His prayer…to the Father for us.

Conclusion:

Being one with God is only possible because of Jesus, and it’s another one of the reasons why the Resurrection is so important.  Do you know that one intimate moment with God will help you to understand just how significant the Resurrection really is.  Why is that?  Because in that moment you realize that had it not been for the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus…those intimate moments wouldn’t be possible.

You see, beloved, the more we really look at the Resurrection the more we come to understand that it is a central belief of Christians.  It’s important because so much of what we enjoy as children of the Most High God is because of the Resurrection.  Whether it’s being able to abide in Christ, the promise of the Holy Spirit, or spending an intimate moment with God in His presence…it’s the Resurrection that makes this all possible.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.” (1 Corinthians 16:23-24)

Blessing & Grace to you
Bryan J. Kizer

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